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Venice has a council-manager system of local government. This system combines the political leadership of elected officials in the form of a city council with the managerial experience of a city manager.

The council is the legislative body empowered to make policy decisions by the citizens who elect its members. The city manager administers the policy of the council. The city council hires and supervises the charter officers, which include city manager, city clerk and city attorney.


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John Holic, Mayor

Mayor John Holic was elected in 2016 to serve a third term.

He and his wife, Pam, moved to Venice in 1990, where he continued his 28-year career with A.G. Edwards financial services as a Certified Financial Planner and Branch Manager. The couple's three sons graduated from Venice High School and Pine View School. Before his career with A.G. Edwards, Holic was an air traffic controller in Chicago. He received a BA degree in Economics from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Holic served on the Venice Police Pension Board, South County Family YMCA Foundation Board, and is a member of Sierra Club and Save Our Seabirds. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of South Sarasota County United Way.

He represents the city on the Council of Governments and is liaison to the Venice Housing Authority and the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Kit McKeon, Council Member




Council Member Kit McKeon was elected in 2014 to serve a third term.

Before being elected to City Council, he served on the Venice Planning Commission.

Mr. McKeon graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and has an MBA from Golden Gate University.  He served as an infantry officer and a helicopter pilot in the United States Army. During his 30-year career in the defense aerospace business, he worked for General Electric and later retired as an executive from Sikorsky Aircraft’s Washington D.C. office.

He serves as the city council liaison to the Planning Commission and represents the city on the ManaSota League of Cities, and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


He, and his wife, Wanda, moved to Venice full time in 2004 from Alexandria, Va. After his parents retired in Venice in 1970, he visited the area frequently until moving here permanently.

Richard Cautero, Vice Mayor


Vice Mayor Richard Cautero was elected in 2015.


Mr. Cautero holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, finance and investments from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.


He has extensive experience in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors, including a 30-year career at Kraft Foods and its former corporate parent, the Altria Group. Some of his roles included vice president of finance for corporate planning and strategy at Altria, and chief financial officer and controller at Maxwell House Division at Kraft.


Before being elected to City Council, Mr. Cautero served on the city’s Fire Pension Board. He was a member of the All Faiths Food Bank Board of Directors and Finance Committee; and a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for Ann’s Place, a cancer support and health services nonprofit organization.

Mr. Cautero serves as liaison to the Historic Preservation Board, the Sarasota County Coastal Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Venice MainStreet board of Directors.


He and his wife, Linda, moved to Venice in 2006. They have two grown sons.

Bob Daniels, Council Member


Council Member Bob Daniels was elected in 2016 to serve a third term.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green University, a master's degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D.  from The Ohio State University. He taught industrial technology and special needs vocational education; operated a restoration and remodeling company specializing in historic homes; served as a community college administrator; was manager of organizational development for GE appliances; and was vice-president of human resources for an international company. 

He is a member of Venice Theatre Guild, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Epiphany Cathedral and Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club.

Mr. Daniels serves as the city council liaison to the Municipal Code Enforcement Board, and is the city's liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council.

He and his wife, Nancy, moved to Venice in 2006 from Columbus, Ohio.  They have two married daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters.





Fred Fraize, Council Member



Council Member Fred Fraize was elected in 2015.

Mr. Fraize holds a bachelor of science degree in information systems from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and worked for the federal government more than 30 years, of which 10 were in management. He served in the United States Navy for four years and has 20 years of experience in the construction industry.
Before being elected to City Council, Mr. Fraize served on the Environmental Advisory Board and Traffic Advisory Task Force for the city, and was a board member of the Sawgrass Homeowners Association. He is a member of the American Legion.
Mr. Fraize serves as the city council liaison to the Architectural Review Board and is the city's representative on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.

Mr. Fraize and his wife, Stella, moved to Venice from the Boston area in 2005, after vacationing here for many years. The couple have two children and four grandchildren.

Jeanette Gates, Council Member

Council Member Jeanette Gates was elected in 2016 to serve a third term.

Ms. Gates graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota before attending Lynchburg College where she earned a bachelor's degree in business. She and her husband, Jeff, own Beechwood Builders, a general contracting company.

She is a member of Sertoma Club of Venice and Venice Area Chamber of Commerce.

She is the city council liaison to the Economic Development Advisory Board, and represents the city on the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County.

Ms. Gates has lived in Sarasota County since 1979 and has been a resident of the city of Venice since 1992.


Deborah Anderson, Council Member


Council Member Deborah Anderson was elected in 2014.

Ms. Anderson graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in classics and art history. In 1984, she graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and passed the Florida bar exam. She was also admitted to the bar in California and Arizona. For most of her career, she worked as an in-house counsel for corporations such as Piper Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company, and LSI Logic.

Mrs. Anderson grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan. Her family moved to Venice in 1986, when she bought her first house here. The beach and small-town charm reminded them of their northern home. She retired in 2007 and moved permanently to Venice in 2008.

Mrs. Anderson serves as city council liaison to the Public Art Advisory Board and represents the city on the Sarasota County Community Action Agency and the Criminal Justice Commission City-County Corrections Work Group.

Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Don, are members of Epiphany Cathedral.




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